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Wildlife board discusses magic, sledding

At its November meeting, the Alpena Wildlife Sanctuary Board discussed the magical glowing walk on Island Park, and the need to prevent sledding on the island.

The River Center Board reported plans for the Magic in Our Midst walk on Island Park from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday. Walkers will follow a lighted trail, as seven stuffed animals with pre-recorded voices “talk” with children and adults. Walkers in this Magic in Our Midst adventure will be welcomed by the Spirit of the Island and led by “sprites.” Included in the River Center report were plans for free limited tickets that can be picked up at Muddy Paws, 217 W. Chisholm St.

Maintenance on the Island continues with blocking of sledding hills to prevent erosion, protect plant life and establish new growth. Board members are concerned about the need for area sledding hillls other than Island Park and would welcome suggestions for different sledding hills in or close to Alpena. Appreciation was again expressed for a second day of maintenance work by a volunteer crew from DPI.

Anyone who would like to know more about Island Park or the Wildlife Sanctuary, or who would like to volunteer to help with projects, should contact Chairman Terry Gougeon at tpgougeon@hotmail.com, or Board Liaison Adam Poll, Alpena Planning and Development director at adamp@alpena.mi.us.